WASHINGTON (8/5/14)--Primary elections today in Michigan and Washington feature several pro-credit union candidates. The candidates below have received maximum $5,000 in financial support allowed for primaries from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC). CULAC has been involved with more than 300 Senate and House races this election cycle.
In Michigan's 14th District, Democrat Rudy Hobbs has garnered support in his bid to replace Rep. Gary Peters (D), who is running for Senate. Hobbs will face three other Democrats in the primary.
Hobbs, a current state representative, has been an ally of credit unions throughout his tenure. During his candidacy for Congress, he has reached out to Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) officials and local credit unions to learn about issues they face, and how federal legislation can impact them.
"Throughout his tenure in the Michigan House, Rudy Hobbs has been a fighter for consumers and has promoted affordable financial services for neighborhoods and businesses alike," said David Adams, CEO of MCUL and its affiliates in a statement. "We have no doubt he will continue to be a champion for his constituents and embody the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people' in Congress."
In Michigan's 8th District, Republican Mike Bishop is running for the seat currently held by Rep. Mike Rogers (R), who will not seek re-election. Rogers himself is a longtime credit union advocate, having pushed to keep the credit union tax status.
Bishop is a former state senator and representative, serving as Senate Majority Leader, chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and the House Commerce subcommittee on banking and finance.
Adams called Bishop a "good friend" of credit unions during his time in the state legislature.
In the 2nd District, State Sen. John Moolenaar (R) has pledged to continue his support of pro-credit union initiatives and legislation during his campaign to replace Rep. Dave Camp (R), who has served since 1991 and announced he will not seek re-election.
Rep. Dan Benishek (R) will run against another Republican candidate for the chance to be elected to a second term in the state's 1st District. Benishek, a credit union member, has supported efforts to maintain credit unions' tax status and reduce regulatory burden.
Other credit union-supported candidates in primaries today include Debbie Dingell (D), running for Michigan's 12th Congressional District, and Washington state Rep. Dan Newhouse (R), running against 11 other candidates in the state's 4th District primary.